Curtis Institute of Music

Creatively Speaking
8:46 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Yuja Wang: A Thoroughly Modern Classical Performer

The in-demand Chinese piano virtuoso Yuja Wang performs all over the world. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the young classical star, who is a Curtis graduate, embraces music and the world beyond the concert stage in her signature style.

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Creatively Speaking
7:48 am
Mon November 25, 2013

An All-Curtis Affair

The Dover Quartet

A new work by Curtis Institute Faculty Composer Eric Sessler debuted recently in Baltimore to popular and critical acclaim. As WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, it will next be performed in Philadelphia by four Curtis alums.

In a Philadelphia Chamber Music Society presentation, The Dover Quartet plays Eric Sessler’s String Quartet at The Kimmel Center’s Perelman Theater on Wednesday, December 4th at 8 pm.

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Crossover
6:00 am
Sat October 26, 2013

Genre Bender: Guitarist Jason Vieaux

Guitarist Jason Vieaux is performing at the Trinity Center for Urban Life near Rittenhouse Square on November 2nd.

Virtuoso classical guitarist Jason Vieaux tends to go anywhere his mind can take him. From J.S. Bach to Issac Albeniz, to David Ludwig to Astor Piazaolla, to Pat Metheny to Duke Ellington, it's hard to pin Jason Vieaux down. But, perhaps, that's his plan.

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Where Music Lives
11:20 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Music Lessons On Rittenhouse Square: At Curtis And Way Beyond!

A view of Curtis from Rittenhouse Square

Music lives, as it has for decades, on Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square. And now - as the Curtis Institute of Music works with a company that distributes free classes through the Internet - world-class instruction will be available throughout the world. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the renowned conservatory is offering two pilot classes to audiences everywhere a computer and Internet access can be found. Coursera is making this happen.

Exploring Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas launches September 3rd.  From the Repertoire: Western Music History through Performance, launches October 1st .

Listen to Susan's interview with pianist Jonathan Biss about his course, Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas, which launches September 3, 2013.

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Creatively Speaking
7:24 am
Mon May 27, 2013

Today's Classical Music Stars: Way Beyond the Music

Violinist Hilary Hahn

Classical music soloists must spend a lot of time practicing their instruments. But some stars are connecting with fans in ways beyond the concert hall. WRTI’s Susan Lewis spoke with pianist Jonathan Biss and violinist Hilary Hahn.

WRTI's Philadelphia Orchestra concert broadcast on May 26th featured Jonathan Biss playing Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 13. On June 2nd, WRTI's concert broadcast of The Philadelphia Orchestra includes Hilary Hahn playing Korngold's Violin Concerto.

Jonathan Biss discusses his activities beyond the concert hall with WRTI's Susan Lewis.

Jonathan Biss's website and online "writings."

Hilary Hahn's "By Hilary" section of her website.

Creatively Speaking
6:05 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Grammy-Winning Eighth Blackbird Helms Schoenberg At Curtis

eighth blackbird

Once ignored by conservatories and reviled by audiences, Schoenberg’s half-spoken, half-sung Pierrot Lunaire is being intensively rehearsed for performances by Curtis Institute of Music musicians on Monday and Tuesday of next week (April 15th and 16th).

As The Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns reports, the instigators are visiting professors who don’t look much different from the students: the modern music ensemble eighth blackbird, who are in the first year of a three-year residency that should extend the Curtis tradition to the cutting edge.

Listen to an extended version of David Patrick Stearns' report on eighth blackbird's residency at the Curtis Institute of Music.

News and Views
9:39 am
Sat December 31, 2011

All About Curtis Institute of Music: Philadelphia's World-Renowned Conservatory

Crossover
11:03 am
Sat November 5, 2011

Harpist Elizabeth Hainen

Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Harpist Elizabeth Hainen is Jill Pasternak's guest this week.

Elizabeth Hainen's website

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Creatively Speaking
11:40 am
Wed September 28, 2011

Wanamaker Organist Peter Richard Conte--The Curtis Institute of Music--Renaissance Wind Band Piffaro

Jim Cotter speaks with Peter Richard Conte, the Grand Court Organist of the Wanamaker Organ. Conte is the soloist in a concert with the Symphony in C orchestra, which is part of the organ's centennial celebration.

Susan Lewis profiles the Curtis Institute of Music, a vanguard in the training of classical musicians since 1924.

David Patrick Stearns takes us to where East Meets West - a concert series by the Renaissance wind band Piffaro.

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Creatively Speaking
11:52 am
Sat March 13, 2010

Chopin and Ballet--Curtis Opera Theatre's Antony and Cleopatra--Philadelphia on Stone

Susan Lewis considers why Chopin's music appeals to ballet choreographers, as Pennsylvania Ballet stages a trio of works on March 13 and 14, 2010 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the 19th-century composer's birth.

As part of celebrations of Samuel Barber's centenary, David Patrick Stearns looks ahead to performances of Antony and Cleopatra by the Curtis Opera Theatre.

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